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How To Feed & Fertilize Fruit Trees

Silver Tip Is The Time To Feed Trees

It’s important to feed fruit trees every year and to feed them only once a year. Fruit trees should never be over fertilized and should be fed when they are at “silver tip” in early spring. Silver tip is when the buds on fruit trees are still completely tight and unopened. The buds have a…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

A 10 Year Old Learning To Sew

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

Apple Trees – Selection, Planting & Basic Care

Apple Organic

I own a small apple orchard of about 35 trees. I started my orchard over 27 years ago when I moved to my farm as a new bride. At the time my husband and I had just started to remake his old family homestead.The farm had been left idle for an entire generation and we…

How to Can Grapefruit or Orange Sections

Home Canned Red Grapefruit Sections

Home canning grapefruit or orange sections is easy. It results in a superior product when compared to commercially canned grapefruit or orange sections. Canning grapefruit or orange sections yourself  is a cost-effective way to increase variety in your long-term food storage. Grapefruit, oranges and other citrus fruits are considered to be high acid foods.  High…

How To Write Your Own Obituary

West Liberty Cemetery

Several years ago a local couple was killed in an auto accident as they were traveling across a bridge that my husband and I travel once a week. Their sudden and unexpected deaths stunned our local community. I remember saying to my husband the next time we crossed the bridge together, “It could have been…

How To Plant & Grow Garlic

Fresh Dug Garlic Drying On Chicken Wire

Fresh garlic is an indispensable addition to my cooking. I use a lot of it throughout the year. So I grow a lot of it. “Seed garlic” is the term for a bulb of garlic in which the cloves have been separated. The individual cloves are the seed. When the cloves are joined together the…

How To Care For Umbilical Cords In Newborn Livestock

A Newborn Kerry Calf

The vast majority of all farm animals come into the world healthy, strong and without the need for any human intervention. And for the most part Mother Nature does a pretty good job when given a fair chance. But with that said, there really is no such thing as a 100% guarantee when it comes…

Try This Simple Trick To Make A Ewe Accept Her Lamb

This Ewe Rejected One Of Her Lambs

Every once in a while for whatever reason, I’ll get a ewe that doesn’t want to properly mother her lamb or lambs. In sheep it is vital that within the first minutes after delivery, a ewe see, smell, hear, taste and touch her newborn lamb(s). A strong ewe/lamb bond is formed by those behaviors. Any…

Canning Mushrooms

Home canning fresh mushrooms is easy. Like all low acid vegetables (mushrooms are actually fungi) mushrooms must be canned with a pressure canner. Mushrooms are usually packed in ½ pint or full pint jars. When selecting mushrooms for home canning it’s best to choose only firm, bright and small to medium size domestic mushrooms. You…